Rare Invisible Man teaser poster to sell for first time at Heritage Auctions



2017-03-10 13:57:58

A stunning 1933 teaser poster for The Invisible Man will lead Heritage Auctions' forthcoming vintage movie poster sale in Dallas.

The rare poster will be offered for the first time at Heritage, and is expected to fetch up to $80,000.

"Even the most advanced collectors have never seen this poster in person," said Grey Smith, Director of Vintage Posters at Heritage Auctions.

"(Artist) Karoly Grosz does a hauntingly wonderful job capturing the insanity that slowly takes hold of the film's mad scientist. In only a few instances did, the studio produce a teaser for their horror greats but when they did they were often outstanding.

Perhaps one of the most impressive of all of the great Universal horror posters, we believe this would be a cornerstone in any advanced collection."

Further treats for fright fans include a title lobby card for The Bride of Frankenstein, estimated at $30,000, and a lobby card for the 1935 film Werewolf of London, valued at $10,000.

Away from horror, rare posters for classic movies feature heavily throughout the sale, including the timeless Casablanca.

Two of these examples are Italian posters, created for re-releases of the film in 1953 and 1962. The earliest, estimated at up to $60,000, features artist Luigi Martinati's beguiling image of Ingrid Bergman and is regarded as one of the most beautiful Casablanca posters ever created; whereas the second, by Silvano 'Nano' Campeggi, also features the slightly more craggy face of Humphrey Bogart, and is valued at up to $30,000.

And continuing the theme, the sale also includes a superb example of the Italian 4-sheet for La Doce Vita – perhaps the most iconic Italian movie poster of all time, featuring artwork by Giorgio Olivetti – estimated at up to $36,000.

Further highlights include a 1939 half-sheet for The Wizard of Oz, estimated at $60,000; the iconic one-sheet for the Rita Hayworth classic Gilda, estimated at $40,000; and a one sheet for The Day The earth Stood Still, still one of finest sci-fi films ever made, estimated at $20,000.

The Heritage Vintage Movie Posters Signature Auction takes place in Dallas on March 25-26.

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